A Salinas man plans to appeal a conviction that resulted in a sentence that likely means spending the rest of his life behind prison bars.
On Thursday, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Julie Culver sentenced Carlos Espinoza to 85 years to life in prison for carrying out a 2009 gang shooting that left a high school student dead.April 16, Espinoza, 20, was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and related gun and gang crimes in the death of Salinas High student Jose Manuel Perez in the 500 block of Terrace Street. Perez, 15, was on his way to football practice on Aug. 6, 2009, when he was shot. The intended target was a teen who’d been with Perez at the time. The teen, who identified Espinoza as the shooter, managed to escape unscathed.